David S. Jones and Charlotte Owens
By Lottie Ripley
David Stephen Jones was born at Pencader, Carmarthenshire, South Wales, on
July 4, 1865. He came to America when he was one year old. He came with his
parents, David C. Jones and Mary Stephens Jones. They lived in Willard, Utah,
until he was ten years of age. The family then came to St. John to make their
home, where he lived until his death June 18, 1931. He was a teacher in the St.
John public school for three years when a young man. He served on the school
board for twenty years. He was well known and respected throughout the Valley.
He held the position of county assessor for four years in Oneida County. He
also was President of the Malad Valley Irrigation Co. He also was one of the originators
of the annual St. John Old Folks Day celebration. David was a farmer. He was an
Elder in the L.D.S. Church having been very active in his early life.
His brothers were: Thomas S., John L., Evan W. and Daniel S. Jones. He also
had sisters, Ann J. Lewis, Jane Larson, Mary Ellen Woozley and Sarah Pierce.
Charlotee Jane Owens Jones was born October 12, 1871, in Malad City, Idaho,
a daughter of Mary and John T. Owens. She married David S. Jones in Malad on
December 25, 1890. She was a member of the L.D.S. Church and enjoyed doing
Temple work. She moved to Salt Lake after David's death, and lived there until
she passed away. She was a charter member of the St. John Daughters of
Pioneers. She was also a member of the Violet Kimball Chapter of Daughters of
Utah Pioneers. She passed away May 24, 1956 at Salt Lake City, Utah.
She and David S. Jones were the parents of five children: Mary Pearl Jones,
who died at the age of 27 days; John Owens; David Sylvester; Daniel O. Jones;
and Charlotte (Lottie) Ripley. They had 15 grandchildren and 9
They're both buried in the St. John, Idaho Cemetery, as is also their
daughter Mary Pearl.
(From St. John, Oneida County, Idaho: A collection of personal histories
from the time of the first settlers to the present day, p. 164.)